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Second Interdepartmental Meeting on

Video Technologies for National Security (VT4NS’08)

CENTURION CONFERENCE & EVENT CENTER
170 Colonnade Road South, Ottawa, K2E 7J5

23-24 October 2008

Theme: Deploying "future-proof" video technology

Goals | Participants | Presentations* | CD-ROM Proceedings (by request)

Organized by: CBSA LSSD (Canada Borders Services Agency, Laboratory and Scientific Services Directorate).

In coordination with: US DHS (Department of Homeland Security), and US DNI-IARPA (Director of National Intelligence, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity), Computer Vision section, formerly DTO-VACE (Disruptive Technology Office, Video Analysis and Content Extraction).

Coordinator: Dmitry O. Gorodnichy, CBSA LSSD (Dmitry.Gorodnichy@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca)


Background:

  • In the context of enhancing security, Video Technology (VT) is one of the most demanded technologies of the 21st century.
  • Expanding and improving the capacity and functionality of VT is one of the current priorities for many federal departments:
    • In USA ...
    • In GoC ...
    • In CBSA ...
    • While VT of the past was primarily concerned with video capture and storage, VT of the future is more concerned with Video Data Management, Video Analytics and its integration with other sensor systems.
    • IARPA (DTO-VACE): conducts evaluation and selection of the next-generation video analytics technologies. A history of relationship with IARPA (DTO-VACE) since 2005.
    • The first VT4NS meeting was organized by NRC-IIT Video Recognition Systems, held in June 2007.

    Goals:

    The VT4NS workshops bring together project leaders and principle investigators working on deploying and using Video Technology (VT) within the government of Canada. The workshops consist of several invited oral presentations, followed by focus-group discussions on the raised issues.

    Objectives:

    1. To synchronize the effort in developing solutions for Video and related (Audio, and Biometrics) Technologies for the new century.
    2. To connect VT users and VT experts with each other . 
      • VT experts present SOTA (state of the art) in the area;
      • VT users present Pilot projects, case studies, wish list and Action items.
    3. To populate a list of interests and expertise, and to create a common knowledgebase.
    4. To address action items and specific technical issues from the following topic list.

    Topics:

    1. Nine (9) specific topics have been identified for discussion.

    Invited Participants:

    • IARPA / Computer Vision section (formerly, DTO-VACE)
    • DHS / Science and Technology Directorate / Suspicious Behavior Detection Programs
    • CRIM (Computer Research Institute of Montreal), L'equipe Vision et Imagerie
    • CRC (Industry of Canada, Communications Research Centre)/Advanced Video Systems
    • CBSA / LSSD / Advanced (Surveillance & Biometric) Technologies, Electronics and Computer Systems, Network and Computer project
    • CBSA / Architecture division / Concepts and Consultations
    • CBSA / Travelers Projects and Systems, People Systems
    • CBSA / Operations / Professional Standards
    • CBSA / Camera Working Group (inc. Enforcement, Corporate Security, Regions)
    • RCMP / Surveillance Technology Section / Covert Video (CV), Remote Sensing Technologies (RST) and Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) units
    • RCMP / Video/Audio Analysis Unit, Technical Investigation Services Branch
    • RCMP / Technical Security Branch
    • Transport Canada / Security Technology / Security and Emergency Preparedness
    • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
    • DRDC / Automated Intelligent Systems/UAV
    • DRDC / Network Information Operations Section
    • DND / Forces

    In total, 45 people representing over 30 different federal groups/departments participated in the workshop. The participants contact information can be requested from the workshop coordinator.

    List of participants [PDF]


    Program and Proceedings

    23 October (Thusday) CENTURION CONFERENCE & EVENT CENTER

    24 October (Friday) Laboratory and Scientific Services Directorate

    To request workshop Program and Proceedings, please contact Dmitry O. Gorodnichy.

Last updated: 22.XII.2008